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VW T3 16" Metal Work Repairs
A little light metal work surgery on this 16 inch Volkswagen Doka. The front jacking point had corroded and taken the front edge of the sill with it so we removed the outer section on the front outrigger to allow correct repairs inside the B pillar.  We will now fabricate a new sill section along with the supporting frame inside the sill, before making the outrigger section and stitching it all back together, when finished it will be an invisible repair. ..
CoastVW has moved!
Sorry for the quiet spell - its been a busy few months relocation CoastVW to our new premises. We are all moved in but the unpacking continues...…   You can now find us at:   CoastVW Ltd, Horsepond Meadow, South Molton, EX36 4EJ ..
Happy Friday :)
We love it when Coast VW customers pop in, especially when they bring cake!!! Happy Friday peeps :) #coastw   #lovelycustomers    #classicvwservices   #allyouneediscake ..
VW T3 Syncro - Suspension Upgrade
This Volkswagen T3 16" Syncro is back in the CoastVW workshop having its annual MOT. This time we also fitted new Seikel Springs and Bilstein B6 dampers as the old springs had sagged. This will improves the ride and provide better handling. ..
VW T3 Engine Bay Metal Repairs
This VW T3 Syncro engine bay is undergoing some metal work repairs. On the Syncro variants mud collects between the fuel pipe between and the chassis which eventually corrodes the bottom of the engine bay panel. ..
VW T3 - Inner Sill Repair
These photo's show the fitment of the outer sill and floor section which were badly corroded on this Volkswagen T3 16" Syncro. Once repairs are complete we will be fitting the mid panel.     ..
VW T3 Torque Convertor Oil Leak
Torque convertor oil leak all fixed on this Volkswagen T3 Campervan (Mongo), and has now returned home. ..
MTdi Engine Refurbishment
This customers VW T3 Campervan had one of the first MTdi conversions many years ago...and it is now with us for an engine refurbishment. We have prepared and painted the engine bay, completely renewed the coolant system, replaced the cylinder head and replaced the clutch with a complete Tdi clutch system.....we are now just fitting it all back together. ..
Happy Friday!
Happy Friday peeps! We plan on lighting the fire, putting some tunes on and polish off this lovely bottle of red. Stay warm over the weekend, send us some Syncro snow shots... ..
VW T3 16" Syncro Body Restoration
Metal work is all complete now on this VW T3 16" Syncro. All repaired areas are now in epoxy primer ready for the next stage of its transformation. It will be heading off to paint shortly with its super straight body shell :) ..
Another Subaru engine conversion....
We are busy preparing this VW T3 14" Doka engine bay ready for a 2.5 Subaru engine conversion. ..
#coastvw
We are super pleased with our back-cover ad on this months Volkswagen Camper & Commercial magazine which has just arrived in the post. We have worked on this customers van for over 5 years and in that time we have undertaken a full metal work restoration, an engine conversion and various other bespoke works. Photo credits go to him and his friend for allowing us to use this great image for our marketing…….beers in the post guys ???? ..
VW T3 Roof Restoration
This VW T3 14" Syncro has come into the CoastVW workshop for a light body restoration. Unfortunately when we removed the high top it revealed a rather severe corrosion issue underneath. The corrosion has pretty much eaten through both sides of the gutter. We are now going to source a replacement donor roof. Fortunately the rest of the van is in great condition. ..
VW T3 Syncro & 2WD Subaru Engine Conversions
Coast VW Subaru engine conversions for VW T3 2WD and Syncro.   Our Subaru engine conversion programme has been specially developed for the T3 with stand alone ECU with custom mapping set up on a rolling road and perfected on the road.   Developing 156 HP and 173 Lbft of torque. ..
VW T3 Restoration and Repaint
Fresh back from paint is this Volkswagen T3 caravelle which has just been repainted in a soft yellow having had a metalwork restoration with us. ..
VW T3 Off Grid Power Shower
We can't wait to fit this pressurised campervan shower which one our customers has just bought for their own van.....   What they say about it: "It will heat the water while you drive and can be ready to give you a high pressure hot shower. Hot or cold, the Road Shower has many uses: from the camp hose for dishes, a pressurized jet to rinse off dirty gear, a gentle spray for the pets, or for extra drinking water. There are no electrical parts to connect or propane to hook up. It is almost maintenance free and should last you many years. The water is there when you need it"..
VW T3 Auto Gearbox Oil Leak
This VW T3 has just come into us from Cheltenham with an oil leak from its auto gearbox - having already been to various other garages. We've now diagnosed the issue and it will be back on the road in a couple of days.....it pays to use a specialist :) ..
Customer Review
More kind words from a trusted CoastVW customer who has been using our services for many years :) ..
VW T3 Engine Upgrade
Today we are doing an engine assessment on this VW T3 Auto-sleeper. It currently has a Mtdi fitted which we are going to give a refresh to: new cylinder heads / injector rebuild along with sorting out some wiring issues and fitting a full stainless steel exhaust.....so will be all ready to go for the camping season :) ..
VW T3 - New roof canvas
Another week and another roof canvas.... this time we are fitting a new one to a Volkswagen T3 Westfalia. We've opted to replace with an original style one from Germany - should be slightly more waterproof then the old one! ..
VW T3 Front Panel Repair
Front pillar repair now complete on this VW T3 Syncro - including inner frame repair. All ready to fit new panel and complete lower panel. ..
VW Baywindow Restoration
This 1976 Volkswagen Baywindow is back in the CoastVW workshop. Ash is busy fitting all the glass along with new seals, next job on the list will be building up the front doors before fitting the new pop top roof. ..
VW Splitty Engine Work
We finished the body restoration on this Volkswagen Splitscreen earlier in the year and it is now back with us for some engine work and leisure battery install. ..
VW Subaru Engine Conversion
The engine bay has now been prepared and painted on this Volkswagen T3 2WD 'Syncro look' bus. It was fitted with a MtDi diesel and we are now fitting a 2.5ltr Subaru. Engine and gearbox have been mated together and are nearly ready for fitting   #vwenginereplacement #vwt3engineupgrade #coastvw ..
CoastVW Customer Review
The team at CoastVW love receiving a good review, makes the madness worthwhile. Thanks Mark for taking the time to write this :) ..
VW T3 14" Syncro Campervan
Back to us after an extended European road trip this VW T3 Syncro Campervan will now go into our winter storage. It will then have annual MOT/service/check over before its 2018 adventures :) ..
VW T3 16" Syncro Restoration
We have made a bit of progress on the latest VW T3 Syncro restoration that is in: 1. Bottom of b-pillar has been cut back to expose the inner frame which shows light surface corrosion but no rot 2. Front A-pillar  on nearside had some accident damage which was rather crudely filled.....new panel will be fitted here 3. Short sill panel has been removed to expose the inner frame which is often corroded away but this one looks good 4. Mid panel has had a lot of filler applied over large dent which will pull out to straighten the panel   ..
VW T3 Syncro - Interior Trimming
Jon and Ash have got a days drive ahead of them taking this Volkswagen T3 Syncro up to Bromsgrove for its interior trimming. This project is nearer the end now and is looking fabulous. https://youtu.be/o4bVxRGmgjQ       ..
Subaru Engine Conversion - wiring loom going in
Installing the wiring loom in this EJ25 Subaru engine conversion…should be ready for its first fire up in the next couple of days. ..
VW T3 16" Syncro Restoration
Our next restoration is in - VW T3 16” Syncro. Boys have had a busy few days stripping down the shell prior to beginning the metal work. ..
Volkswagen T25 Syncro has a new home
This lovely Volkswagen T25 Syncro has just been sold and is now on its way back to Ireland with its new owner. Before it left we gave it some TLC: full service, MOT, full valet, de-coupler fitting and a Rocky Mountain rear wheel carrier. ..
VW T3 Camper Interior
Jon and Ash are having another busy week building up the interior on this VW T3 Syncro. Owner decided to have the existing interior vinyl wrapped in this fab blue colour. Love it! ..
VW T3 Interior Flooring
We have just fitted this wood effect vinyl flooring into a VW T3 Syncro we are currently rebuilding. This is such a great product as its individual planks so looks just like real wood. #coastvw ..
VW T3 Terrawagen Wheel Flare Kit
Great attention to detail in the CoastVW workshop fitting these Terrawagen wheel arches. We seal the edge of the arch to the panel to stop any water or dirt packing in and rusting the wheel arch out. Results look fantastic! Beside from looking cool these wheel arch flare kits also prevent stone chips on the inner arches. ..
VW T3 Disc Brake Conversion
Volkswagen T3 disc brake conversion being fitted, designed to be used with 15" steel mefro's. ..
VW T3 Roof Repairs
Ouch!......Not want you want to find underneath your VW T3 Auto Sleeper high top roof. Water has gotten under the skin and has corroded all 4 corners. We also had to remove a previous repair section which had been riveted on (??) causing water to sit on top of the corroded area....CoastVW to the rescue ;) ..
All systems go!
All systems go in the CoastVW workshop today. This lovely '66 split is a USA import, at the back of the shot is a VW T3 Syncro Tristar (a rare beast in RHD), and the rebuild continues on this lovely orange T3 Syncro..... ..
Overland trip to Iceland
Some more holiday snaps of another CoastVW customer on a recent overland trip to Iceland - great to see one of our Syncro conversions in its natural environment :)   :)       ..
VW T3 Resto / Rebuild
And so the rebuild continues......our customer has some chosen custom LED rear light pods for the rear from our friends in the Landrover world. ..
VW Syncro Solar Panels
100 watt solar panel kit for a Volkswagen T3 14" Synco was fitted to a truck in the shop this week. Great for some off grid camping ..
VW T3 Subaru Engine Conversion
Just building up another Subaru EJ25 2.5ltr engine to go in the back of a Volkswagen T3 Syncro. #vwsubaruengineconversions ..
Volkswagen T3 Syncro Body Repairs
Its been a hot couple of days in the CoastVW workshop, but the guys have carried on working hard..... Ross was busy yesterday (on the hottest day in the UK since 1976!!) repairing the B-pillar on this Volkswagen T25 Syncro. ..
1966 Volkswagen Splitscreen - fresh paint
Back from paint and looking magnificent is this 1966 Volkswagen Splitscreen - now let the rebuild commence! :) ..
Volkswagen Baywindow Fire Extinguisher Corrosion
This Volkswagen Baywindow has had an underside fire approx 4 years ago which was put out using a powder based fire extinguisher. unfortunately this powder is highly corrosive and has rusted through the lower front panels on this otherwise rust free van. Gutting :( ..
VW T3 engine replacement
At the CoastVW workshop today we are removing this early 1.9 engine which has terminal water jacket gasket failure, new engine to be fitted in due course. ..
VW Baywindow For Sale
1976 Volkswagen Bay Window Campervan – Right Hand Drive Selling on behalf of a customer is this two berth campervan. It is a solid example with the previous owners having invested a lot of money in her over the past couple of years to get her mechanically sound. Right hand drive and tin top (a desirable feature as there are so few around anymore). It has a full width rock’n’roll bed and all the seats have been upholstered. It seats six passengers with three point harness belts. It also has a leisure battery system fitted.  Twin sliding doors. Comes with Fiamma bike rack. A lot..
Subaru Engine Rebuild Completed
This Subaru EJ25 engine is all built up and ready to fit in VW T3 Syncro. This engine has gone through our rebuild process and is looking good as new. ..
VW T3 Syncro Servicing
This Volkswagen T3 is in at the CoastVW workshop for new tank straps, fuel lines, clutch and various other MOT items :) ..
VW T3 Subaru Engine Conversion
Out with the old and in with the new......Ross has been cracking on with stripping down the old Subaru EJ25 engine and building back up the new shiny version. Engine has had new main and big end ACL race bearings, new piston rings, heads rebuilt, all new gaskets etc so will be good as new and all ready to install back in the VW T3 Syncro camper….just a mere matter of finishing the body resto, getting the van repainted and completing the rebuild…..:) :) ???? ..
VW T3 Camper Vinyls
This VW T3 Camper came back from paint last week and Ash has worked closely with Steve https://www.facebook.com/pg/wrapitgraphics.co/about/…to recreate the original Kamper vinyls as we couldn't find any for sale that exactly matched the ones on this Japanese import camper. ..
VW T3 Syncro Doka - Roof Tent
This custom built frame is now back from the powder coaters and all fitted to this VW T3 Syncro Doka. With the James Baroud roof tent all fitted this truck is nearly ready for its expedition.   ..
VW T3 Syncro Winch
Now that's what you call a winch! A CoastVW customer has just had this Warn Zeon heavy duty winch fitted to the front bumper of their VW T3 Syncro - cant wait to see some action shots of its capabilities :) ..
VW T3 Campervan Restoration
The CoastVW workshop is bursting its seams as yet another VW T3 Campervan comes back from the paint shop. This Volkswagen Camper came to us for a light body resto and a bit of work on the roof. Now being fitted back up with all new seals. ..
VW T3 Syncro - replacement front grill
In the CoastVW workshop today we have just taken off the SA grills and replaced with a stock grill and now spotlights. ..
VW T3 Syncro Road Trip
There is nothing like positive customer feedback to put a smile on your face-   'After Picking up the Syncro from the team at Coast I was very impressed with not only the service but the professional attitude of the guys in the workshop. Very customer focused and they ran through everything that had been done and replaced. We have just got back from a 15 day trouble free 4800km round trip to Norway and Sweden. Syncro went well which is down to Coast picking up the issues it had and sorting them out'   Thanks CoastVW - David, Kirsty ..
1992 VW T3 Doka for Sale
VW T3 Syncro Doka This truck has been owned by the current for over 10 years – was imported from Sweden. Normal Doka corrosion points (please see photos) and will need bodywork shortly to rectify – although it does have a new MOT. It has an MV engine running DJ fuel system. Twin rear cab doors. Left-hand drive. Gearbox and front diff were both refurbished 3 years ago by Bears Motorsports (receipts available). Selling on behalf of the customer……. vehicle is currently at the Coast VW workshop and viewings are welcome.                 ..
VW T3 Syncro Doka - RHD Tristar
An existing CoastVW customer has just replaced his yellow VW T3 Doka with......another yellow T3 Doka!! Although slightly different as this one is a RHD Tristar Syncro (not many of those around!!). In at the CoastVW workshop for a coolant change, cavity waxing, new dashboard fan and an oil change. ..
VW T3 JX Engine Conversion and rebuilt gearbox
Pete has just finished installing a fresh JX motor and gearbox into this VW T3 Syncro...nearly ready to return home to Jersey :) ..
VW T3 Syncro - annual service and MOT
An old family favorite is back in the shop......this South African VW T3 belonged to us many years ago, before selling to a customer in London who then came back to us in 2015 for a full body restoration. Its back in this week for MOT and its annual service......looking resplendent! ..
VW T25 Winch Fitting
This VW T25 LLE in its final stages of post resto build up. Ash busy fitting the winch today, wiring all in place. ..
VW T3 Camper Bodywork Repairs
Metal work repairs are being undertaken on this Volkswagen T3 offside front wheel arch/step. James is just trimming back the lower edge of the new cab step to ensure good fit. ..
Volkswagen Baywindow Repaint
Just back from paint this VW T2 Baywindow camper van in Pearl Grey looks great, painted inside and out. ..
Front door fitting on VW Splitscreen
Ash busy fitting these VW Splitscreen doors having just had new hinges fabricated. Doors now fit perfectly after having a completely new front end fitted due to crash damage. ..
VW T3 All Terrain Tyres
BFG AT KO2's fitted to these 15" mefros which have been powder coated in gloss black readt to fit to a 2WD Volkswagen T3 to achieve a Syncro/lifted look. ..
VW T3 Restoration Rebuild
Pete is currently fitting the newly tinted glass back into this VW T25 shell which came to us for a complete restoration. ..
VW T3 Syncro Campervan body repairs
This VW T3 Syncro Campervan has had a new rear wheel arch (inner and outer) so all ready for its topcoat of paint. ..
Volkswagen Baywindow Restoration
Body restoration complete on this VW Baywindow Campervan - now for its topcoat in VW Dove grey. ..
VW Splitscreen Restoration
Ash is just finishing the metal repairs on these 1966 Volkswagen Splitscreen cab doors at Coast VW workshop today #volkswagenrestorations ..
VW T25 2WD Suspension Upgrade
Love these great photos our customer sent in....   This Spanish Volkswagen T25 'Kamper' conversion came to us for a suspension lift kit, 15" mefro wheels and BFG tyres. What sets our 2WD conversions apart is the use of a peloquin torque biasing differential to give some genuine 'off-tarmac' capabilty which is great for where it lives in the mountains of Spain :)   ..
VW T25 Syncro - Brake work
This VW T25 RHD 16" Doka is having some brake work, new cylinders (which often leak - check yours!) and new brake shoes - even though it had them fitted elsewhere recently they were all split and cracked :-/ ..
VW Syncro Doka - Exhaust Fabrication
This VW T25 Syncro Doka is in for a couple of jobs. It is currently fitted with an Audi 5 cylinder engine which we are going to fabricate a complete exhaust system for, and we are also currently removing the gearbox in preparation for replacing the clutch. ..
Volkswagen Syncro Caravelle Engine Service
Pete is busy doing an engine service and repairing an oil leak on this Volkswagen T25 Syncro Caravelle. ..
VW T26 16" Syncro Campervan - new owners
This Volkswagen T25 16" Syncro - aka 'Big Yellow' - has finally been united with his new owner having spent the past two years in our storage facilities.....i'm sure many adventures await :)   Ps - That's Jon's daily driver - VW T25 Syncro Doka - photo bombing the shot :) ..
VW T25 LLE Full Body Restoration
Just back from the painters yesterday is this Volkswagen T25 2WD which we have done a full body restoration on. It is an LLE specific colour - Oily Blue - just need the panels now!   We try to get our seams as factory as possible - and this up close shot shows we are doing pretty good :) ..
VW T25 Subaru Engine Conversions
2ltr Subaru engine conversion on this 2WD Volkswagen T25 Campervan. It was air-cooled - and is now water cooled and we have just finished fabricating a custom exhaust for it.... ..
Pop Top Roof Conversion on VW T25 Syncro
The CoastVW team have nearly finished fitting an original Westfalia roof onto this VW T25 Syncro, ended up being a little complicated as this was a sunroof model but all issues are now resolved :) ..
VW T25 Campervan Interior
Just fitting the Vanwurks interior into this 2WD van. This camper has also had a Subaru engine fitted which we are just finishing off.. ..
VW T5 Pop Top Roof
Hilo Roof all fitted to this VW T5 Kombi Van. This roof is great as visually from the outside the roof line has not risen at all, and customer also opted for zip out panoramic front canvas for star gazing on those warm & clear nights......mind you, he does live in New Zealand! ..
VW T25 Syncro front wheel bearing rebuild
Rebuilding this front wheel bearing on VW T25 Syncro which we picked up on its pre MOT test. ..
VW T25 Syncro Mtdi Engine Conversion
Just fitted up the MTDi engine with the Syncro gearbox. We have fitted a TDi input shaft and a solid TDi flywheel and complete clutch. Gearbox has also had a decoupler fitted, unit is read for installation into a VW T25 14" Syncro panel van. ..
VW Splitscreen Restoration
New front panel on this VW Splitscreen - 1965 - is now fully in place and looking lovely. This camper has had to have a complete new front end fitted due to accident damage. ..
VW Splitscreen Floor Repairs
James is busy cutting out the floor from this 1965 Volkswagen Splitscreen which is in the midst of its full body restoration with us..... Chassis and top hats are in remarkably good condition but the inner sills need replacing completely on both sides. ..
VW T25 Syncro Work Truck
There aren't many work trucks you can load 6 engines and 2 gearboxes in, and an engine lift!  #vwsyncroworktruck ..
VW T25 Syncro Disc Brake Conversion
This VW Syncro is having a rear disc conversion to improve its braking performance. Next job being to reinforce the roof assist struts and fit a Westfalia top locker. ..
VW T25 16" Restoration / Rebuild
Rebuild nearly there on this VW T25 16" Syncro. These 16" Mefro wheels have been powder coated in silver finish and had BFG AT tyres fitted, We finally managed to source this LHD middle sliding window which is shown having its seal fitted, and final picture is fitting of the front grill.     ..
Powder Coated Wheels
Lots of items back from the powder coaters, including these 14" mefro wheels which are now satin black. ..
VW Cabriolet Beetle - engine work
Had this lovely little cabriolet VW Beetle in the Coast VW workshop today. We changed the engine breathing system on its 1776cc engine, we did an oil change, we fabricated a heat shield for the oil filter pipes, we fitted new tubes onto the heat exchangers and finally we re-worked the fuel tank breather system. ..
VW T25 Syncro Mtdi Engine Conversion
Building up this 1.9Mtdi engine for our in house VW Syncro. Just prepped and painted the engine prior to the next stage of fitting up which includes a new Holset turbo, bigger injectors.....and lots of other fun stuff! ..
VW Splitty - improving the reliability!
The Coast VW team are currently fitting an electronic ignition into a vacuum advance distributor for improved reliability. We are also setting the carbs to get the engine running nicely..... ..
Subaru H6 3L Engine Conversion for Volkswagen T25 Syncro
Subaru H6 3L Engine Conversion for Volkswagen T25 Syncro ..
VW Syncro - Fuel Contamination
This high top Volkswagen Syncro has suffered from water contaminating the the fuel which has led to a nasty bacterial growth in the fuel tank which has even damaged the engine. ..
VW T25 14" Syncro - Expedition Camper
A firm favourite of the Coast VW team......this VW T25 14" Synco has just been collected and is about to depart its Spring vacation. A great expedition truck! ..
VW T25 Syncro Exhaust and Suspension
The Coast VW team are currently setting up the coolant hoses for this 3ltr Subaru engine conversion - and fabricating the exhaust at the same time, hoping to get her fired up for the first time by the end of the week...second shot also shows the new Fox suspension set up.   ..
VW Splitscreen Engine Issues
This great looking Volkswagen splitty has been experiencing some engine issues so is in for some diagnosis tests and will hopefully be back on the road very soon... ..
Just cant get the staff!
Sorry about the lack of blog posts, new girl in the office is useless at social media!!!!! ..
VW T25 Subaru Engine Conversion
This early Volkswagen T25 has come into the Coast VW workshop for a 2L water cooled Subaru engine to be fitted, and a new interior smile emoticon ..
1.9 Petrol engine for VW T25 Syncro
Petes busy in the Coast VW workshop building up this 1.9 petrol engine for the early VW T25 Westfalia Syncro ..
VW T25 Syncro Interior Trim
A sneaky preview of the VW T25 Syncro interior just back from Bromsgrove..... we’ll be fitting the full camping interior back into it this week..... ..
Rusty Outriggers on this VW T25 LLE
After extensive work on the internal lower A pillars on this VW T25 LLE we have now just finished stitching these outriggers back together. ..
1.9 Reconditioned engine for VW T25 Syncro
Engine dropped out of this early VW T25 Westfalia Syncro in preparation for a reconditioned engine. ..
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